Friday, May 02, 2014

Kiilinik High School Holds Its Second "Rainbow Day" in Nunavut

Killinik high school students and sisters:
Tetra Otokiak and Mia Otokiak. They took part in
Rainbow Day at their school May 1.
(Photo Credit: Killinik)
"If you consider yourself a member or an ally of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer community — and you happen to be in Cambridge Bay today — put on some colourful clothing and head down to Kiilinik high school. That’s where staff and students are celebrating the school’s second annual Rainbow Day, a gathering aimed at promoting awareness and inclusion. Kiilinik’s May 1 Rainbow Day also coincides with Canada’s National Day to End Bullying," reports Nunatsiaq News.

For student Kelsey Barton, 18, it’s a small gesture that means a great deal to someone who calls herself one of the few openly gay people in the community. “When I first moved here two years ago, I got a lot of weird looks,” Barton said. “Some people seemed a bit put out. But it’s definitely gotten better over time.” Barton said the first Rainbow Day helped open an important discussion at Kiilinik school and throughout the larger community. Read More